Dr Michael Brown

Lecturer in Modern British History


I am a cultural historian of modern Britain (roughly 1750-1914), interested in the fields of medicine and surgery, gender, the body, emotions, and war. My most recent research has explored the emotions of nineteenth-century British surgery, and demonstrates the vital, if changing, role that feelings played in shaping surgical identities, and in structuring relations between surgeons and their patients. This research has been published in a number of journal articles and in my latest book, Emotions and Surgery in Britain, 1793-1912 (Cambridge University Press, 2022). I am currently developing two research projects with Professor Joanne Begiato of Oxford Brookes University. The first of these considers the embodied and emotional history of the hand in Victorian Britain, while the other explores the material and emotional history of popular militarism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Selected Publications

Emotions and Surgery in Britain, 1793-1912
Brown, M. 31/10/2022 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 324 p. ISBN: 9781108834841.

Wounds and Wonder: Emotion, Imagination and War in the Cultures of Romantic Surgery
Brown, M. 17/06/2020 In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 43, 2, p. 239-259. 21 p.
Journal article

Surgery, Identity and Embodied Emotion: John Bell, James Gregory and the Edinburgh ‘Medical War’
Brown, M. 1/01/2019 In: History. 104, 359, p. 19-41. 23 p.
Journal article

Martial Masculinities: Experiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century
Brown, M., Barry, A.M., Begiato, J. 30/08/2019 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 288 p. ISBN: 9781526135629.

Visualising the Aged Veteran in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Memory, Masculinity & Nation
Brown, M., Begiato, J. 30/08/2019 In: Martial Masculinities: Experiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century. Manchester : Manchester : Manchester University Press ISBN: 9781526135629.

Cold Steel, Weak Flesh: Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire
Brown, M. 30/04/2017 In: CULTURAL & SOCIAL HISTORY. 14, 2, p. 155-181. 27 p.
Journal article

  • Centre for War and Diplomacy